Thursday, 29 March 2018 10:39

Drive safe this weekend on Sask. roads

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The Easter long weekend is upon us.  You might associate Easter with painted eggs, chocolate bunnies and ham supper.  SGI administrators think about increased traffic on the highways and the increased risk of collisions that goes along with that.

Here are some tips in case want to remind your readers/listeners/viewers to take care if they are hitting the road this long weekend.  Please feel free to call for an interview, more info, or historical Easter long weekend collision stats. 

Tips for safe driving Easter long weekend:

Before you head out, check the weather forecast and road conditions using the Highway Hotline.

Leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, so you don’t feel rushed.  And if you are running late, that’s okay.  Your family would rather you make it there late, than not make it at all.

If it’s a long road trip, take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.

Drive at an appropriate speed for the road conditions (posted speed limits are for ideal driving conditions… slow down when roads are icy, wet or have poor visibility).  Remember to give yourself enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Avoid distractions (and a $280 ticket). Reminder, March’s Traffic Safety Spotlight is on distracted driving, but don’t kid yourself: Police are ALWAYS on the lookout for drivers on their phones.  So put your phone away -- or hand it to someone else -- and just drive. Let your co-pilot or one of your kids reply to texts and determine the soundtrack for your road trip.  (Drivers should also avoid other distractions, like eating messy foods, applying make-up, pets on their lap, etc.)

Drive sober.  If you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, you don’t belong behind the wheel.

Wear your seatbelt.  Did you know some people still don’t think they need to wear a seatbelt?  If you’re riding in a vehicle, you need to be buckled up.  And make sure any kids in the car are in an appropriate car or booster seat. Did you know drivers will get a separate $175 ticket for each unrestrained passenger under 16 years old?

Oh, and watch out for giant bunnies with baskets full of chocolate treats that may be crossing the highways.

From all of us here at SGI, have a great Easter long weekend!  Take care out there.

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